Homage to 9/11...Where were you?

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  1. Larmo63

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    I was outside of my project waiting to go to work and heard it on the radio news. I went inside the house and watched it with my clients, and they just told me to go home.

    I don't, and never will believe the government's "official" story of what happened.

    I don't know why we went to war in two countries that had very little to do with the "attacks."

    Somewhere, out there, someone knows the truth of what really happened and who is really responsible. We live in a screwed up world.

    Seek the truth, don't believe everything you are told. I feel sorry for so many who have suffered so much, and for what?
     
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    I was sat doing some university work while watching TV. The BBC interrupted programming after the first plane hit. They were talking in terms of an accident. Then the second plane hit live on air and you started to realise what was going on, which became frighteningly clear with the third and fourth planes. What a horrible part of history to witness.

    It's hard to fathom just how much the world has changed since then.
     
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    In a high school class, a mate informed me via sms. Still recall receiving that sms till date.
     
  4. Rustbucket

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    21 years old, I was the youngest working on a survey crew. We heard about the first hit on a quick job in Glendale, AZ, then listened to the radio all the way to Coolidge for the second job of the day. We stopped for lunch at a local cafe and watched CNN for about 2 hours then called it a day.
     
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    It's not about me.

    It's not about what I was doing or where I was.

    It's about the people who were in those buildings.

    It's about what they were doing in the last moments of their lives.
     
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    It is up to us to prevent such a thing from happening again.
     
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    I was on a normally rowdy school bus. That day the bus was silent as we listened to the radio. Every time I see the numbers 9/11 it feels like getting a punch to the stomach. I am an immigrant btw.
     
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    I was on a flight somewhere between Tokyo and Bangkok. We saw footage at the airport in Bangkok that showed smoke rising from the tower, but were completely unaware of the magnitude of the situation. It wasn't until I got to my hotel and called my wife that I learned what had transpired. What was supposed to be an overnight in Bangkok became a week of trying to find a flight back home. We eventually found a routing that went Bangkok->Hong Kong->Taipei->Vancouver->Montreal, with a rental car to drive back to VT. We ended up stuck in Taipei for another night because of a typhoon. It was interesting to see the response from people half a world away from home. Strangers would come up to us and express their sympathy and shared grief. It was moving in a way that I will never forget.
     
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    I was in the Air Force stationed over in Italy. I was installing a new computer in my Commander’s office, I was transferring his data over to the new one when it popped up on the news and we watched it. Italy was pretty laid back before that day. Stuff got pretty well locked down after that...
     
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    I was starting my morning work routine when it came on the news. At the time we lived near an airport and national guard base with F-16s. Lots of them took off without the normal regard for noise. In the time that followed commercial planes were landing.

    I was sad and concerned but not freaking out the way work associates and customers were. Earlier in life I was working in a country when war broke out and stuck with rockets and planes overhead. That was more freaky and I think helped me grow some ability to chill.

    The data center for my then job was on purpose next to the area's AT&T regional HQ. At some point in the day that was thought of as strategic. I remember pointing out to a private guard and police officer guarding a parking door that a big conduit visible near that was what should be watched. I knew it carried all the non-AT&T fiber and was part of the state government and university system's network.

    Late in the work day I started feeling a lot of people who were not prone to getting along were quite polite. I had an into the night support call I had to go to. That was more seeing and feeling the people getting along. For many years now I miss that period where people seemed less polarized against each other. I feel it's worse than ever. As a try to get along sort of guy I wish we'd have some of that collective behavior back.
     
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    I was driving over the bridge on my way to work in New London, CT. I was listening to NBC 660 AM radio out of NY as was my habit. They mentioned that an aircraft slammed into one of the towers at the World Trade Center. At first, I thought it was a small airplane and maybe the pilot had a heart attack of something.

    I got to work and everyone was in the customer waiting area watching on the flat screen. I watched the first tower collapse right before my eyes live on television. It’s a feeling I’ll never forget as long as I live. It just kept falling and falling. I kept wishing it was a hoax. By the time the second tower fell, we were all just standing there, catatonic.

    One the things I remember most vividly in the following days was looking up at the sky and the absence of any aircraft or any vapor trails whatsoever. That was very eerie. Luckily, none of my friends or loved ones were in the area that day.
     
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    My wife had a show in a gallery a number of blocks from the towers. On Friday, she was still hanging the show, when I went for a walk. At the end of the block, I had the choice of going left toward the WTC, or hanging a right and go looking for fruit somewhere. No way was I going to turn left and head toward the WTC, as the vibe was incredibly strong. It was so strong that it pulsed and was almost audible. It was death and evil, unquestionably.

    We flew home to Iowa on Sept. 10. In the morning, our roofer was here with his guys. My wife went out to talk to them, as she always does with home improvers. She then bursts through the front door and says, "It's Armageddon!"

    Well, geez, what an unexpected and creepy thing to say. Here is my wife, a super-rational clear-headed thinker, now invoking the concept of Armageddon. TV straightened us out on that, but it was still awful beyond belief.
     
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    Getting dressed to go to work. I had just been promoted to Bank Secrey Act coordinator in the compliance department and tasked with developing an anti-money laundering program for the bank. I had just turned on the T.V. while I was getting dressed and saw the second plane hit the tower. Moments later my colleague called and asked if I was going to be in the office soon. I told him in the next 45 minutes I would be downtown. I make it in and as I come up to my area I see my coworker standing next to fax machine pulling sheets of paper out of the receiving tray. They are faxes from FBI and they contain the names of the 19 hijackers. The towers are still standing at this time. They are asking all financial institutions to look to see if there are any account relationships with them. There were none with us. Approximately 2 hours later that list would grow to over 200 and by the next morning 400 plus names.

    My brother in law was a charter pilot at the time and was forced to land in Oklahoma City. He would be stranded there for 3 days. My former boss in the corporate security department was a N.Y.C. kid and former NYC cop 3 years prior to the event. He would lose 12 friends to the attacks. That Christmas he went home to visit family. He came back said it was surreal being there. Not seeing the towers in the sky. He met some of his old colleagues and they escorted him past the barricades placed several blocks from ground zero. He walked past the emergency vehicles smashed and covered with dust. The store fronts and offices with their windows smashed. Everywhere seemed to be sheets of paper; office correspondences, notes, flip charts and the like and at the end of the street several blocks away the W.T.C. ruble piled up about 7 stories. The images on T.V. just didn't capture the magnitude of the devastation.
     
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    I was on a 747 from LAX to Sydney, Australia. Our pilot came on as we were approaching Australia and said there was a problem with a cargo hold light in the fore section of the plane so as a precaution they were going to clear the upper business class section. Flight attendants came through and told us to leave everything behind and then took us way back in the lower level. I was seated beside a guy who’s father, an international airlines pilot, had died in a private plane crash and he was going to Australia to broker his sailboat.

    A short while later the pilot came on and said “well folks, sometimes things just go from bad to worse! We’re still having problems with that cargo door so we’re just going to touch down in Brisbane to refuel and check it out.” I was an experienced flyer and knew damned well we shouldn’t need fuel in Brisbane so was getting a bit alarmed. I looked out the window and it was just breaking dawn, and we were maybe six feet from landing. We touched down and taxied forever, and when we finally stopped I saw 15 or so police vehicles with flashers on approaching. They surrounded the plane and unloaded men carrying what looked like machine guns. My heart about stopped.

    The pilot came on and told us what had happened with his voice breaking as he described it. The guy sitting beside me said “There’s something wrong in that cockpit” and when I asked why he said the pilot sounded like he was under duress. I countered that the pilot was just emotional over what happened and my seat mate then pointed his finger in my face and said “Look, my father was an international airline pilot for 35 years. He’d never let emotion show in his voice. We are being hijacked”! I didn’t have an international cell phone but if I had I woulda called work and said “I quit”.

    We finally got off and we were so far from the terminal that they put us on a train to get there. We were each taken individually into a room for interrogation by the Australian version of the FBI (that’s how they described themselves) who mainly wanted to know anything remarkable we’d seen in LAX or on the flight and if we had any photos or video from either. That early on there were still questions around other planes that might have been targeted, thus the questions. I was walking in the terminal shortly after when I saw people stopping to look up at a TV screen. I put my briefcase down and looked up just in time to see one of the planes hit the WTC. It was stunning to see the unimaginable.

    They did get us to Sydney and I had a great business visit there, all considered. The Australian folks were just wonderful. All phone and computer networks were jammed and the only way I could reach my family at home was by using an Australian man’s cell phone for which I am eternally grateful. All flights home were cancelled of course and my airline told me I’d likely be looking at two-three extra weeks before I could get back. I went to the airport anyway the first day it opened and found I could get on a plane to at least somewhere in the states and I took it. I happened to sit by a guy from FEMA who was also heading back and he told me my flight in from the USA was the 2nd from the last United flight to be put down that day. Strangely enough some young men were playing a flight simulator game in the business section where I was sitting and that’s why they emptied it out and ‘secured’ the plane. That turned out to be just a strange coincidence.

    I did make it back home and believe I kissed the ground upon getting there. I was traveling with a woman who was prone to emotion and she was pretty much a nervous wreck the entire week, and wouldn’t fly again for months afterward. I didn’t really want to either but was back on a plane three weeks later on a business trip through the same airport the attackers had traveled.

    I did learn something: the fear I experienced stayed with me for months and I actually had some small panic attacks, a new experience for me. I’ve never been on a battlefield or in a situation even remotely like what happened on 9/11 at the attack sites, but I was truly scared for probably the only time in my 68 years. Getting ‘panicked’ when nothing really even happened to me gave me great appreciation for all who go through real life threatening events. It must be extremely difficult for many of those people to “carry on”, and that’s putting it mildly.

    I did continue to travel including a number of international flights but I was a wary and keenly observant flier and I carried an international cell phone with me from then on.
     
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    I was at my home in the Philly burbs sleeping because I had called in sick that day. It was very hard to understand what was going on when my wife walked into the house as I was getting up and started telling me what was going on.

    What will forever stick in my mind was everything that one of my best friends at the time later told me about his experience that day. At the time, he commuted to Manhattan every day and worked in IT in the WTC North Tower. He told me what it was like sitting in a meeting in a conference room and getting thrown out of his chair when the plane struck the building. (I don't recall what floor he worked on.) Some of the things he heard and saw that day were very difficult to listen to. I cannot imagine having gone through it and have much respect for the strength my friend showed afterwards.
     
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    My train was rumbling across the New Jersey Meadowlands towards Manhattan when I first caught a glimpse of the smoke billowing out of the first tower. At first, like most people, I thought it had been a horrible accident involving a small plane.
    I remember the slow development of facts filtered through passengers with cell phones on that train, the later bits of news overheard in the subway system and then, once above ground again, seeing the full truth unfold on a deli's tv. By then the second plane had hit and I knew that I was witnessing our country entering a very difficult future.
    My office was 1.5 miles from the towers - we had a clear view of them and watched them as they fell.
    I still remember how clear and blue the sky was on that day. Today I am in NJ looking out at another clear September sky. At some point between then and now, I've lost the sense of dread that cloudless skies would bring to me. I'm grateful for that. I'm also grateful for the time that we showed strength and resolve as a united country and for the heroic citizens that stepped up that day.
     
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    We were living in Hong Kong, I'm about to head out to meet my wife for her 32nd birthday dinner, fella in the change room of the gym I was working at told me what he heard had happened, I thought he must have been exaggerating. Walked up to the restaurant and every person in every bar (Lan Kwai Fong, one bar after another) was glued to the TVs in silence. Got to my wife and her friends who were in the restaurant but oblivious to what had happened, told them the news, we went next door to watch events unfolding on a screen. We were all numb that night..
     
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    Clear memory!
    Up in an attic I was renovating into a studio for a photog couple.
    Radio tuned in by the other guy, talk and news.
    First plane hit and nobody knew why.
    My Mother worked across the street from the Empire State Building when a plane hit it back in the '40s, so it seemed crazy yet plausible that some dummy in a cessna lost it in a gust of wind.
    Second plane hit and it was instantly the thing we have had the luxury of avoiding since I guess the Civil War.

    As the news of who was behind it emerged I thought of the Murican furriners likely to get targeted by angry mobs.

    I was in NYC when the first WTC bombing happened (in the underground parking garage).
    Had a funny beard sort of like the Egyptian pharoah beards.
    In a pawn shop, the fat cigar smoking proprietor reached under the counter glaring at me, and said "I'm gonna kill me some Arabs".
    His little snub nose showed that he meant business!
    Not hard to see I was not an Arab, but the beard was enough to fire him up...
     
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